Friday, 25 September 2015

Tea Rinse for Natural Hair - My experience

Tea rinses are commonly talked about in the natural hair world, and a lot of natural hair bloggers exclaim the benefits of tea rinses (Reduces shedding, Makes hair softer, Helps hair grow, and Adds shine). We even have a very popular post about them here. I had never done a tea rinse until 2 weeks ago on an impromptu wash day.

I was deep conditioning my hair with my African Naturalistas Deep Conditioner, when I decided to have a cup of tea. I like to use my DC time to relax and I find tea to be very calming. Usually, I would simply throw the tea bags away, but this time I decided to put them to good use by doing a tea rinse (another way to use your tea bags is to let them cool and place over your eyes for a few minutes).

Anyway, I used regular tea, and left the tea bags in hot water for about 30 minutes while my DC was on.

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After I was done with the DC, I shampooed it off, and used the now cool tea water to rinse my hair. From what I read, you can either rinse and leave the tea in your hair, or you can rinse again with water after a little while. I decided to rinse and leave it in, because I'd noticed my hair had been shedding quite a bit. Well, I don't know if the results are supposed to be immediate, but I still had quite a bit of hair come off (I hadn't detangled in 3 weeks, or before washing).

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The hair was soft though, so I liked that. Funny thing happened - my comb started to shed too while combing after the whole process!

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I've had the comb for years though, so I think it's time to move on.

My hair's been cornrowed and placed under my clip-ins since then, so I don't know if it's still shedding as much or if the tea rinse worked.

I would suggest that before you do a tea rinse, research the topic first. If I had done that, I would have DC'd AFTER the tea, not before. Discovering Natural has a video on Black Tea Rinses which I'll leave below, and she says that consistency is key - she does hers twice a month.


Have a good weekend,
Berry Dakara.

17 comments :

  1. Everyone has that comb that even if its broken they will still have it

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    1. LOOOL so true about the comb Oreoluwa!

      Even though you did the tea rinse after, your hair was still soft #winning. I know black tea in particular leaves hair hard. But some herbal teas don't have that effect. Ive played around with rosemary, sage and thyme ...they didn't harden my hair after I used them as a final rinse.
      Nice post!

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    2. LOL @ Oreoluwa. I quite agree

      @ Bee: I used black tea though. I didn't know it made some people's hair hard. I thought it was supposed to help soften.

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  2. Loooolll. LMAO. So did you expect the tea to glue back the shed hair that has been trapped in your hair in the past couple of days to your head? I think you should do it like once or twice a month for sometime and see how your shedding reduces over time. That's the real test, I guess.

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    1. Ah, I guess that makes sense. LOL, I really expected an immediate fix.

      *hides face*

      Berry Dakara Blog

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    2. please if you find any product that will glue back my hair, share the knowledge and save lives lol

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    3. Its best after washing as it makes the hair a bit hard.Don't think i saw much difference in my hair with the rinse,so i gradually stopped.Your hair does look shiny.

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  3. I agree with Aurora, I didn't notice much difference in shedding so I just stopped altogether.

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    1. Really? Hmm. How often did you do it?

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    2. Hmm thats strange. I notice alot of difference. Mayb the concentration was too much for you. Try coffee or green tea

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  4. I have tried a black tea rinse , it made my hair hard and I didn't see any difference as to shedding.
    Your hair looks very healthy Berry, have a great week ahead

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    1. How long did you do it for? Discovering Natural suggests doing it every couple of weeks for a little while.

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  5. I cant go tru a wash day without doing my black tea rinse

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  6. It made my hair hard. I didn't see much difference.
    I am going to include it in my regiment and do it before deep conditioning my hair and more often as has been suggested by AN.

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  7. I do tea rinses after every wash day. In fact, it's a staple plus as a tea junkie, I get to mix all sorts of tea from black tea to peppermint to chamomile.

    Which explains why I hardly experience any breakage.

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